The Big Game is upon us. In just under two weeks, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will go into Met Life Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ and battle it out in Super Bowl XLVIII (that’s Super Bowl 48 for you non-Romans out there).
The early line has the Broncos favored by 3 (as of 22 January). The weather is too far out to predict, however, it’s the Meadowlands, in February – I’m betting it’s going to be damn cold and windy.
The Broncos come into the Super Bowl after beating the New England Patriots. The game wasn’t as close as the final score as the Broncos scored on every possession except for one and the defense shut down the Patriots’ running game.
The Seahawks had a battle against the 49ers and it came down to Richard Sherman making a fantastic play on the final pass of the game for the Seahawks to win the game.
Each week of the NFL Playoffs, the writers of Sports Unbiased have made their picks and predictions for who will win each game.
Here’s how the writers have done so far:
|Place||Writer||Correct Picks||Wrong Picks||Ties||"Win" %|
|1st Place||Sports Unbiased Consensus||7||2||1||0.700|
|1st Place||John Yeomans||7||3||0||0.700|
|1st Place||Kimani Gregoire||7||3||0||0.700|
|1st Place||Mike Santangelo||7||3||0||0.700|
|1st Place||Rich Stowe||7||3||0||0.700|
|2nd Place||JR Williams||5||5||0||0.500|
|2nd Place||Zach Krpan||5||5||0||0.500|
|2nd Place||Brian Podoll||5||5||0||0.500|
|3rd Place||Alex Brooks||4||6||0||0.400|
|4th Place||Jamal Cadoura||2||4||0||0.333333333333|
Here are who the writers believe will win the game and who will be named Super Bowl MVP:
|Rich Stowe||Brian Podoll||Kimani Gregoire||John Yeomans|
|Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos||Broncos||Seahawks||Seahawks||Broncos|
|MVP||Peyton Manning||Russell Wilson||Russell Wilson||Peyton Manning|
|Last Week (Playoffs)||2-0||2-0||1-1||1-1|
|JR Williams||Mike Santangelo||Zach Krpan||Jamal Cadoura||Sports Unbiased Consensus|
|Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos||Broncos||Seahawks||Broncos||Broncos||Broncos|
|MVP||Peyton Manning||Marshawn Lynch||Peyton Manning||Peyton Manning||Peyton Manning|
|Last Week (Playoffs)||1-1||2-0||2-0||0-2||2-0|
Here is each writer’s explanation why they picked the team and player they did:
Rich Stowe: Broncos, 24-21. MVP: Peyton Manning. This is a tough game to call, especially without exactly knowing what the weather will be like in the Meadowlands on Super Bowl Sunday. Seattle does have a top-notch D, however, I just think that Peyton will still find a way to win this game. Seattle’s lack of consistent offense will be their downfall. The Broncos have one of the best defenses against the run in the NFL and that will make the Seahawks have to rely on Wilson’s arm and they’ll fall just short. The game won’t be as close as the final score may suggest (just like against the Patriots in the AFC Championship – I think the Broncos take a large early lead and then play it safe allowing the Seahawks to creep back and make it close).
JR Williams: Broncos 28-21. MVP: Peyton Manning. The Seahawks are a great defensive team, however, Denver has the best quarterback in Peyton Manning. I think the bright lights of the Super Bowl will be a little too much for the Seahawks. Russel Wilson and company will come up short and Manning will be awarded the MVP after passing for 200+ yards including three touchdowns.
John Yeomans: Broncos 27-24. MVP: Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning and the Broncos high-powered passing offense going up against the Seahawks “The Legion of Boom” secondary will be the key matchup in this year’s Super Bowl. Many other key factors will determine the outcome of this game, like how the Broncos defense stands up against Marshawn Lynch, or how much production the Broncos running game gets against Seattle’s run defense. This is a tough choice on who to pick to win the Super Bowl, on one hand you have one of the greatest quarterbacks that has ever played the game, on the other you have one of the most menacing defenses the league has ever seen; this game could go either way but I am going with Manning and the Broncos.
Zach Krpan: Broncos, 42-27. MVP: Peyton Manning. I predicted the Broncos would make it, Manning will not be denied and has shown he is taking the Lombardi with him. Seattle is a good team, but I think offensively Manning just has too many weapons.
Jamal Cadoura: Broncos 31-24. MVP: Peyton Manning. Seattle’s defense is great; Manning’s mind is greater. The Broncos are on a mission this season after they failed miserably in last year’s postseason. Denver has the offense to battle any defense in the league. Seattle doesn’t have CenturyLink behind them in this game; they’re going to be a different team. Manning beat his nemesis the Tom Brady and the Patriots, he and his Broncos will defeat Seattle.
Brian Podoll: Seahawks, 34-23. MVP: Russell Wilson. In their three regular season losses, Seattle gave up an average of 23.3 points per game, but in their three regular season losses, Denver gave up an average of 33.3 points per game. This is the basis of my score, that Denver will score some points against a much better Seattle defense than any team the Broncos have faced this season. However, the scrambling Wilson will present a problem that will expose the flaws in the Denver defense and make the difference in the game.
Kimani Gregoire: Seahawks, 23-17. MVP: Russell Wilson. This Super Bowl will feature the best offense (statistically the greatest in NFL history) going against the best defense. With this being the first Super Bowl to be played in inclement weather, I’m going with the team I believe is better built for that Northeastern weather. That team is the Seattle Seahawks who are built on defense and running the football. The cold, wind (and maybe even the snow) would negatively affect Peyton Manning and Denver’s passing offense more than it would anybody else. Seattle’s defense seems built to take on an offense like Denver’s. They have several athletes in the front seven that can all rush the passer and they have a big physical secondary that’s not afraid to hit you (hence the “Legion of Boom”). Seattle’s defense is such that they don’t do anything exotic in an attempt to fool the opposing quarterback. They just line up and dare you to beat them. I expect this to be a surprisingly low scoring affair, with the difference being the feet of Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson, who will end up being the game’s MVP.
Mike Santangelo: Seahawks, 24-21. MVP: Marshawn Lynch. #1 offense v #1 defense, you really can’t ask for a better match up. What the Broncos have done this year has been amazing and, of course, record breaking. Still, they say defense wins championships, and defense doesn’t get better, more physical, or play with more attitude than this Seahawks crew. It’s true they won’t have the 12th man on their side, but that won’t stop the defense from asserting itself.
So, it appears Sports Unbiased has decided that the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl XLVIII and that Peyton Manning will once again be named the Super Bowl MVP.
Here’s your chance to vote for the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII and the Super Bowl MVP:
Who will be named Super Bowl XLVIII MVP?
- Peyton Manning (47%, 55 Votes)
- Russell Wilson (21%, 24 Votes)
- Marshawn Lynch (18%, 21 Votes)
- Richard Sherman (10%, 12 Votes)
- Other (Leave Comment) (3%, 3 Votes)
- Demaryius Thomas (1%, 1 Votes)
- Knowshon Moreno (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 116